Robert L. Parker Jr.
Robert L. Parker Jr. is the executive chairman of the board of directors of Parker Drilling. As executive chairman, Mr. Parker brings a wealth of historical knowledge of the company, as well as strategic industry experience and serves as a valuable link between the board and the company’s management. Most recently, Mr. Parker was appointed as the interim president and chief executive officer of the company from March 2012 through September 2012 while the company’s board conducted an executive search for a permanent CEO.
Mr. Parker joined Parker in 1973 and has held a variety of roles during his tenure with the company including serving as chief executive officer from 1991 to 2009. He was appointed chairman of the board of directors in 2006. Earlier in his career, Mr. Parker was elected vice president in 1973, executive vice president in 1976 and president and chief operating officer in 1977.
Mr. Parker is on the board of directors of the University of Texas Development Board, the University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston) Development Board, Schreiner University-Kerrville, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the American Petroleum Institute and the Greater Houston Partnership. In addition, he is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, National Association of Corporate Directors and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Mr. Parker brings significant experience in the oil and gas service industry through his more than 40 years with the company, and his long-standing membership in the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
Gary G. Rich
President & Chief Executive Officer
Gary G. Rich was elected president and chief executive officer on October 1, 2012. Mr. Rich also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. An industry veteran with over 30 years of global technical, commercial and operations experience, Mr. Rich comes to Parker Drilling after a 25 year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed several of the company’s businesses, regions and initiatives. Over his career he has held a progressive series of roles across a broad spectrum of focus areas including global sales and strategic marketing and business development; new technology, product and commercialization strategies; and operations, finance and business management.
Most recently, he served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and prior to this role, he served as president of that company's European operations. Previously, Mr. Rich was president of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.
Mr. Rich holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas.
Christopher T. (Chris) Weber
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Christopher T. (Chris) Weber was selected as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective May 20, 2013. With nearly twenty years in the global drilling, oil and gas, and power industries, Mr. Weber brings extensive experience in international finance and operations activities including strategic planning, accounting, treasury, risk management, corporate development, turnaround initiatives, and competitor and market analysis.
Most recently, Mr. Weber served as vice president and treasurer of Ensco plc, one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies with a market cap of $14 billion, revenues of $4 billion, and global operations spanning six continents where he led the company’s global treasury and risk management activities and was responsible for its capital structure, debt portfolio, liquidity, banking and rating agency relations, as well its global insurance and enterprise risk management programs. Mr. Weber also served as co-leader for the global financial and operational integration of Ensco’s $7 billion acquisition of Pride International in 2011.
Mr. Weber holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Economics and English Literature from Vanderbilt University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Jon-Al Duplantier is senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) for Parker Drilling. As CAO and general counsel, Mr. Duplantier oversees the company’s legal; human resources; health, safety and environment; aviation; and risk management organizations. He is a respected and trusted leader with over 20 years experience in the legal and energy industry.
Most recently, he served as senior vice president and general counsel from March 2012 to April 2013 when he assumed his current responsibilities as CAO. Mr. Duplantier joined Parker Drilling in 2009 as vice president and general counsel. Before joining Parker, he served in several legal and management roles at ConocoPhillips, including senior counsel, Exploration and Production; managing counsel, Indonesia; managing counsel, environmental; and general counsel, Dubai Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips at the time. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Mr. Duplantier served as a patent attorney for DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mr. Duplantier received his juris doctor degree from Louisiana State University in 1992 and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Grambling State University.
David R. Farmer
Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
David Farmer is senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Parker Drilling. He served as vice president of operations from August 2011 to April 2013 when he assumed his current responsibilities. Mr. Farmer brings over 20 years in the upstream oilfield services business, serving in executive, engineering, operational, marketing, account management, planning, and general management roles in Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has an extensive track record of performance built on drilling industry expertise, value creation, customer insight and building efficient, effective organizations.
Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Farmer served in various operational and senior management roles at Schlumberger. He began his career with Schlumberger as a drilling service engineer in Schlumberger’s Drilling and Measurements division and quickly moved on to various management roles in operations, marketing and technology in several different countries including Trinidad, Venezuela, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. He progressed to vice president and general manager for all oilfield services based in Doha, Qatar, followed by vice president and global account director of Schlumberger Limited, based in The Hague until returning to Houston to lead the company’s demand planning activities for the drilling and measurements business.
Mr. Farmer holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Arizona State University, and an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Vermont Technical College.
Philip L. Agnew
Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
Philip L. Agnew is senior vice president and chief technical officer (CTO) of Parker Drilling. He served as vice president, Technical Services from 2010 to April 2013 when he assumed his current role as CTO. As CTO, Mr. Agnew directs Parker’s project management; engineering; quality assurance; asset management; supply chain; and operations support organizations. He has an extensive background in developing solutions and leading strategic initiatives and processes that add value to Parker and its customers.
Before joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Agnew was president of Aker MH, Inc., a contractor and provider of drilling equipment and solutions for the high-efficiency drilling market and a business unit of Aker Solutions AS. Prior to Aker MH, Inc., he served as project manager and then vice president of Project Development at Signal International (previously Friede Goldman Offshore; TDI-Halter LP; Texas Drydock, Inc.). Previous to Signal International, he was a Task Force manager at Schlumberger Sedco Forex, responsible for new construction of an offshore jack-up drilling rig. Prior to this role, he was a project manager for Texas Drydock, Inc. (TDI-Nass International, W.L.L.), responsible for the repair and new construction of offshore drilling vessels. Mr. Agnew began his career at Brown & Root, Inc. in 1990 where he was a project manager, project engineer and a staff engineer.
Mr. Agnew is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.
J. Daniel Chapman
Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel
J. Daniel Chapman is chief compliance officer and counsel of Parker Drilling. Mr. Chapman joined the company in 2009 and continues to steward our compliance strategy, structure and processes.
Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Chapman was employed by Baker Hughes where he served in several legal positions; including compliance counsel, international trade counsel, division counsel, and global ethics and compliance director. Prior to his role with Baker Hughes, Mr. Chapman was employed as a securities and merger and acquisitions lawyer with the law firms of Freshfields in London and King Spalding in Atlanta and Houston.
Mr. Chapman holds degrees from Emory University, the London School of Economics and the University of Kentucky.
Philip A. Schlom
Principle Accounting Officer & Controller
Philip A. Schlom is principle accounting officer and controller of Parker Drilling. Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Schlom held the position of vice president and corporate controller for Shared Technologies Inc. Prior to his role with Shared Technologies, he held several financial leadership positions at Flowserve Corporation, including director of finance, Engineered Americas for the company's pump division, worldwide service group controller, Flow Solutions division and corporate director of financial planning and analysis/Internal Audit. Prior to Flowserve, Mr. Schlom served as audit and assurance manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Schlom graduated from California State University in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
David W. Tucker
David W. Tucker is treasurer of Parker Drilling, a position he has held since 1999. He brings 35 years of experience in banking, financing, cash management, insurance, and credit and receivables activities. He joined the company in 1978 as a financial analyst and served in various financial and accounting positions before being named chief financial officer of the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hercules Offshore Corporation, in 1998.
Mr. Tucker holds a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Oral Roberts University.